Without naming anyone, Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), asserted that in Pakistan, the establishment goes by the name of “one guy.”
The former prime minister continued his tirade against the former army chief, whom he now holds responsible for the overthrow of his government, during a conversation with journalists. “Former chief of army staff (COAS) General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa’s setup is still working in the establishment,” the ex-prime minister said.
Khan, who was overthrown in April 2022 by a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, claimed that the former army leader did not want accountability in the country and that this was why his relationships with Gen (retd) Bajwa deteriorated.
Khan responded to a query by claiming that Bajwa stabbed him in the back to show sympathy with him.
Gen Bajwa called him a “playboy” during their last meeting, to which Gen Khan reportedly responded, “Yes, I had been a playboy.”
Khan further charged Bajwa with being against the country’s rule of law. The former army chief.
Imran charges Bajwa with “using Husain Haqqani’s services.”
Former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani was employed by Gen (retd) Bajwa to advocate in the US, according to the former prime minister.
A growing breach between the civilian and military leadership led to Haqqani being accused of requesting US action against Pakistan’s military through the alleged memo months after the US operation in Abbottabad in 2011 on Osama Bin Laden’s compound.
He was charged with granting American citizens visas without following the proper procedures, obstructing the proper channels, and embezzling money.
Additionally, the ousted prime minister said Haqqani ran an attack against him and had been endorsing the former army chief in the US.
“Musharraf earned money through marketing terrorism”
Khan pointed his pistols at Pervez Musharraf, the former president and head of the army, and claimed that he gained money by “selling terrorism.”
However, 80,000 people died as a result of Musharraf’s activities, the former premier added, adding that “dollars can be acquired by selling terrorism.”
“Military operations are not the answer to any problem,”
According to Khan, the nation won’t advance unless the army and all political groups are on the same page.
He continued by stating that no problem can be solved by a military operation and that he has always spoken out against operations in Waziristan.
won’t return to assembly
Speaking on the country’s ongoing political crisis, the former prime minister reaffirmed that the PTI will not be allowed to reenter the National Assembly. He continued by saying it would be a pointless exercise.
Khan blasted the establishment once more, claiming that three of their lawmakers were urged to abstain from voting during the Punjab Assembly’s vote of confidence.
In order to compete with the PTI in the upcoming election, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) officials have joined the PPP, according to Khan.
The PTI chairman emphasised the need of free and fair elections and claimed that transparent elections will provide stability to the nation. He also criticised the nation’s “game of audio leaks.”
FM In a scathing attack on the coalition administration, Khan claimed that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari knew nothing about the country.
The previous prime minister praised his government’s foreign policy and claimed that they had friendly relations with the present leadership in the country that was racked by civil war.
Ramiz Raja has Imran Khan’s support.
In response to a query on the coalition government’s choice to appoint Najam Sethi as the next head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Khan claimed Najam Sethi has nothing to do with cricket.
The World Cup-winning cricketer-turned-politician criticised the coalition government for changing the board’s constitution, saying Ramia Raja “flourished the sport and also saved money.”
It should be recalled that Raja was fired only a few days after the national team lost an embarrassing first-ever 3-0 home series against England, per a government notice.
But a shift had been anticipated since since Shehbaz Sharif, a former national team captain, succeeded Khan as prime minister in April of last year.
According to a government notice read by Sharif’s cabinet, Raja had been fired, and a 14-member committee led by Sethi—who has previously served as chairman—would now be in charge of the PCB.
Khan, however, asserted that the resurrection of Sethi damaged the cricket body.